Tūwharetoa Taiopenga Kapa Haka Festival

O-a-tia gave us the reason to attend the 2023 Taiopenga held in the Taupo. The song was worked on during the year and was sung for the first time by the senior kapa haka group.

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The junior group had been on stage 45 minutes before. Their songs represented the school using poi and haka moves. Many parents came to help dress and prepare the juniors to perform on the stage.
The whole school travelled to the Taiopenga to acknowledge the work of both groups and to be a part of the school-wide festival.

During the lunch time break the Tūwharetoa Anthem was sung. Representatives from all over the Rohi went on stage to perform as a united group. We stood strong and proud to sing this anthem as a part of the collective group.

A video of o-A-tia was taken at the school assembly held on Friday after the performance that has been shared with the community.

2024 Farquhar

Paula Farquhar

The long snaking line of students at the skipping rope. Jump in, jump out and off they go, happy and excited. Some still have to "Learn It". Others have reached the "Prove it" stage. Many will remain, comforted to be in a safe inclusive group.

Since 2010, I have been the passionate Principal of this vibrant, successful, and innovative school. It's without hesitation, I say I'm focused on "accelerating growth for student learning outcomes".

My style is fostering a culture of professionalism formed on a solid foundation of critical reflection. My own professionalism is expanded through a network of advanced educational practitioners. Practitioners who extend my theoretical, philosophical and pedagogical base. Fundamental in my belief, is strategic dialogue will map learning and teaching so innovation and creativity can flow into an innovative curriculum.

From considerable leadership experience, I know the school's vision has to be "crafted collaboratively". The adaptive vision must be student driven with ambitious academic goals. Raising success hinges on repeatedly asking: "does this decision help realise the vision?"


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